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Tua-i to Suicide

by ONC Qasgiq September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and the ONC Qasgiq Department held a “Tua-i Walk”. In the Yup’ik/Cup’ik language “Tua-i” means to stop or no more. The community of Bethel came […]

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For Sale

For Sale: Hitzer Amish built woodstoves. UHMW Plastic sled runners. 543-2379. (11)(3/1-cnx) FOR SALE 300 Gallon Plastic Water Tanks in stock. Call Shorty at Shorty’s Shop for pricing. 543-3158 or 545-3157 (19)(9/18-cnx) For Sale: Plastic […]

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City council news briefs

Ballot proposition items adopted The Bethel City Council voted to adopt both Ordinance 19-15 for the alcohol local option petition and Ordinance 19-16 for the marijuana local option petition. The items passed 5-0. They will […]

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Lead in Drinking Water

This is a notice from the City of Bethel, released on Thursday, August 8, 2019. To Bethel Water and Sewer Customers: Routine semi-annual water testing was conducted in September 2018 on the City Subdivision water […]

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Construction Zones in Bethel

KNIK Construction has issued this construction zone alert for Bethel: Please exercise caution in the construction zones that are currently located between the Cultural Center and the US Fish and Wildlife Center. They are in […]

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Bethel Point in Time Homelessness Data Collection

by Bethel Community Services Foundation Staff On January 23, 2019, 74 people were identified as possibly or definitely homeless in Bethel. This information was provided by the Bethel Housing and Homelessness Coalition, which conducted a […]

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K300 new board members

The Kuskokwim 300 has announced the addition of two new board members to its race committee. Bethel residents Ashley Glasheen and Pete Kaiser will be starting as board members in July. They will replace Jeremy […]

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Bethel residents earn degrees from WGU

Bethel residents have earned degrees from the Western Governors University (WGU). The online, nonprofit university held its 70th (Orlando, Florida); 71st (Cincinnati, Ohio); and 72nd (Anaheim, California) commencement ceremonies this year to celebrate the graduation […]

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E-Waste Drive in Bethel

The Environmental Program at the Association of Village Council Presidents will host an e-waste drive for Bethel on July 24, 2019 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. The collection area will be staged at the […]

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St. Mary’s Subsistence Life

Beloved couple John and Ruth Ann Elia of St. Mary’s enjoy their fish rack full of beautifully cut Yukon salmon. Photo taken on June 9, 2019.

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Kusko Liquor license transfer protest fails

by Delta Discovery Staff The Bethel City Council voted against a resolution that protests the transfer of the Kusko Liquor license, owned by Cezary Maczynski, to ACC Liquor, owned by the North West Company International. […]

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Bethel’s 2nd Annual Mud Volleyball Tournament

Bethel’s 2nd Annual B.V.E.S.A Mud Volleyball Tournament will be held on Saturday, July 20th @10am. This is an 8 on 8 co-ed fundraiser tournament with all proceeds going to the Bethel Volunteer Emergency Services Association […]

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Bethel’s 4th of July Celebration

Bethel’s theme for the celebration of the annual 4th of July holiday this year is “We the People!” The events will kick off with the parade at 10am followed by games, entertainment and food. The […]

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The elusive green sunset

by Greg Lincoln There is a phenomenon where the sun gives off a green tint or flash at its apex at the moment of sunset when the sun disappears below the horizon. It is a […]

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Bethel Police Chief appointed to APSC

Bethel Chief of Police Burke Waldron was appointed to the Alaska Police Standards Council at the beginning of this year. The Alaska Police Standards Council is a regulatory and quasi-judicial body that was created by […]

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Monitoring a mystery bird in Yakutat

by Ned Rozell On sandy barrier islands between mountains and the sea, two different birds that look alike lay their eggs side-by-side. Biologists here are learning more about the less-common, more mysterious one. Arctic terns […]

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For Sale

For Sale: Hitzer Amish built woodstoves. UHMW Plastic sled runners. 543-2379. (11)(3/1-cnx) FOR SALE 300 Gallon Plastic Water Tanks in stock. Call Shorty at Shorty’s Shop for pricing. 543-3158 or 545-3157 (19)(9/18-cnx) For Sale: Plastic […]

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Community Service Patrol calls for service

by Delta Discovery Staff Non-residents outnumber residents in two of the three reporting quarters for the Community Service Patrol (CSP) calls for service in Bethel, according to a report from the City of Bethel that […]

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BRHS Wood Shop dedication

The Bethel Regional High School has dedicated their student woodshop to Kevin Murphy in recognition and sincere appreciation of the many years of distinguished service from 1960 to 1990. Murphy was honored in a ceremony […]

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2019 Memorial Day Ceremony

The Bethel 2019 Memorial Day Ceremony was held at the Veterans Cemetery at the resting place of George Hohman Jr. Family, friends, and community members gathered together with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10041 […]

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Basile is new K300 Race Manager

Paul Basile of Bethel has been named the first ever full-time Race Manager for the Kuskokwim 300. Basile will replace Madi Reichard, who stepped down from her part-time position effective July 1st. Basile will manage […]

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BRHS bids farewell to graduating class of 2019

by K.J. Lincoln The Bethel Regional High School staff and students, parents, and community members, celebrated the graduation of 48 seniors at their commencement ceremony last Friday. Gown and cap clad seniors with gold and […]

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Active case of tuberculosis found in Bethel

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has released a letter stating that a person who attended the New Fire Ministry revival at the Old Bowling Alley in Bethel was recently diagnosed with active […]

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Change to Bethel Address Sign requirements

On September 11, 2018, the Bethel City Council adopted Ordinance #18-21. This ordinance specifies new requirements for address signs. This ordinance becomes effective December 11, 2018. This ordinance aims to improve the visibility of address […]

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KuC 45th Commencement

by Katie Rearden The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) College of Rural and Community Development (CRCD) Kuskokwim Campus (KuC) held it’s forty-fifth commencement ceremony at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center in Bethel on Thursday, May […]

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Kuskokwim Ice Classic has it’s winners

The 2019 Kuskokwim Ice Classic winner is Nuka Leslie Westdahl of St. Mary’s. Her winning time guess was 4:01pm on April 12th, 2019. The tripod clock tripped and stopped at 4:02pm, making Westdahl the winner. […]

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Best in the West competition 2019 Awards

The Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center (YPCC) has announced the winners of the 2019 Best in the West Small Business Competition. There are six winners with a total combined monetary prize of $33,500. The awardees are […]

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For Sale

For Sale: Hitzer Amish built woodstoves. UHMW Plastic sled runners. 543-2379. (11)(3/1-cnx) FOR SALE 300 Gallon Plastic Water Tanks in stock. Call Shorty at Shorty’s Shop for pricing. 543-3158 or 545-3157 (19)(9/18-cnx) 18’ SSV Lund […]

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Dunleavy Administration declines Kuskokwim Tribes government-to-government Donlin Gold Project Consultation

by ONC Staff Bethel, Alaska – On January 30, 2019, Orutsararmiut Native Corporation sent a letter to the Dunleavy administration requesting government-to-government consultation regarding the Donlin Gold Project (Project). On March 27 and April 5, […]

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We need a health aide in our village

I’m a citizen and a council member of my village, Kalskag for many years. I’ve never seen any bad situations that really affects our town till I heard this couple times we asked… Our health […]

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KuC Students of the Year

by Cynthia Andrecheck University of Alaska Fairbanks Kuskokwim Campus is pleased to announce its Student of the Year Awards. Full-time Student of the Year Award was presented to Ethan Tutmalria Andrew from Tuntutuliak, AK. Ethan […]

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Happy Easter Egg Hunting

Children of Bethel get ready to pick eggs at the Lions Club Annual Easter Egg Hunt last Saturday at the Mikelnguut Elitnaurviat playground. Plastic eggs were filled with slips for prizes including 4 bicycles, gift […]

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Remains found

Alaska State Troopers responded to a remote area of Big Lake after receiving a report that human remains had been located on 4/3/19, at approximately 2000 hours. Due to exposure to the elements, positive identification […]

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Our Leaders, past and present

by Peter Twitchell Today, I want to focus on a couple of our Native Leaders past and present. First from the homeland – Bethel and Yup’ik Country. Nora Guinn was a great leader and District […]

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Kuskokwim Tribes object to Kuskokwim Area Plan Changes

by ONC Staff This morning (March 29th, 2019) Orutsararmiut Native Council, in coordination with other Yukon Kuskokwim tribal organizations, submitted another set of letters to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for continuing to […]

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Day 74 of 90 Day Session

by Senator Lyman Hoffman Good morning, Day 74 of the 90-day session…47 days left to the constitutional 121 days of session. This week, the Senate Finance Committee heard overviews from Alaska’s WWAMI program. WWAMI is […]

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Bethel ASB hosts community forum on bullying

by K.J. Lincoln The Bethel Advisory School Board hosted a community forum on bullying and how it is being addressed. Members of the Bethel ASB, teachers and school support staff, students, and parents filled up […]

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Bill filed to strengthen Alaska’s theft laws

Today (March 15th, 2019), House Judiciary Chair Representative Matt Claman (D-Anchorage) filed legislation to strengthen Alaska’s laws related to theft and other offenses against property. Under House Bill 98, prosecutors would gain an important tool […]

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Pete Kaiser – 2019 Iditarod Champion

by John Wallace Photos by John Wallace Nome, AK- A resurgence of dogsled mushing got a serious boost early Wednesday morning as Bethel musher Pete Kaiser crossed under the Burled Arch in Nome to win […]

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Friends of The Kuskokwim Consortium Library Fund

by Bethel Community Services Foundation Staff Bethel Community Services Foundation is excited to announce the addition of the Friends of the Kuskokwim Consortium Library Fund to our growing family of funds. The Friends of the […]

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District 38 Update

by Representative Tiffany Zulkosky  March 8, 2019 Dear friends, It is day 53 of the 2019 Legislative Session, Iditarod mushers are howling along the trail to Nome, and we’re on the second straight week of […]

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Bethel Town Hall Meeting

Mayor Fred Watson will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting on March 13, 2019 from 6pm to 8pm at the City Council Chambers to inform the public of the impacts the City of Bethel will […]

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Governor’s Proposed FY20 Budget

by Representative Tiffany Zulkosky March 1, 2019: Dear friends, It is Day 42 in the Legislative Session and we have begun to see a lot of activity. Most notably, Governor Dunleavy released his proposed budget, […]

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Senate District S Legislative Update

by Senator Lyman Hoffman Good morning, Here we are at the end of week six. The Senate Finance Committee continues to review Governor Dunleavy’s amended FY20 Operating Budget. The committee heard a general overview from […]

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Senate District S Update

by Senator Lyman Hoffman Hello, The Legislature is in week four of this session. This week, the Senate Finance Committee continues overviews of various programs, including State Debt and Credit Ratings from the Department of […]